The Los Angeles Lakers earned their first road victory of the season by defeating the Atlanta Hawks, 123-116, on Wednesday night at the Philips Arena. Aside from getting their second victory, Nick Young proved that he really deserves a second chance from the Lakers.
Dwight Howard tried to take advantage of his former team by opening the game with a huge slam against rookie center Ivica Zubac. Lakers starting center Timofey Mozgov was still unable to play due to injury. Despite being dominated by Howard, Zubac managed to contribute on the offensive end, knocking down multiple shots under the basket.
The Hawks took advantage of the first half, ending it with a nine-point lead. However, the Lakers have managed to raise their spirit in the third and fourth quarter to get their first victory on the road. Lou Williams helped the Lakers take the lead in the final quarter by contributing 16 points.
Julius Randle stopped the Hawks from firing back, defending Dennis Schroeder’s drive perfectly. Nick Young did not let his teammate’s effort be wasted and knocked down a three-pointer with an assist coming from D’Angelo Russell.
With how he performs at the 2016-17 NBA season, it seems like the Lakers did the right thing in giving Nick Young a second chance. Recalling in the past months, reports claimed that Young will either be traded or waived before the start of the training camp. However, a coaching change helped “Swaggy P” turn himself into an essential piece for the Lakers.
Also, his past issues with D’Angelo Russell has started to melt down, leading for them to establish a good chemistry on the court. The Lakers may not be a playoff contender team for now, but with Luke Walton’s teach-first, worry-about-wins-later approach, there is no doubt that they are on the right path to becoming a great team again.
The Los Angeles Lakers will head home to the Staples Center on Friday to face the Golden State Warriors.
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